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Mediation for modification can help address child custody issues

Child support orders that have been in place for several years often need to be modified to reflect the child's maturing and development. Additionally, it is sometimes necessary to seek a modification of a child custody order to address serious issues that develop.

We know that you might not be prepared for another long, drawn-out process that comes with child custody proceedings. Fortunately, modification petitions often aren't as intensive as initial child custody cases.

As you go through the modification process, you will likely find that you have many of the same options as you did for the initial proceeding. You can choose to go through mediation, which is a common method for resolving these issues. The alternative is to go to trial and let the court decide on the matters.

Before you head into mediation for a modification, you should get prepared. You need to decide what ultimate resolution you want. You also need to choose a starting point for the negotiations. This will give you some wiggle room for negotiations.

We understand that you might have concerns about how the modification will proceed. We are available to answer your questions and help you understand what is possible. Working out creative custody arrangements during a modification can often lead us to discover an agreeable solution to the issues.

Just like in the initial child custody action, the goal of the modification mediation is to find a solution that is in the best interests of the child. If you end up having to go through a trial for the modification, this is going to be the gold standard that the court will consider.

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